Every 10 years, the U.S. counts every person within its borders. Census data collected guides lawmakers in determining how to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funding to communities across the U.S. — funding for schools, roads, health care and other programs.
Each home will receive an invitation (in the mail, or dropped off at the door) to respond to a short questionnaire. Responses can be submitted:
You should be counted where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020. If you are responding for your home, count everyone who lives and sleeps there most of the time as of April 1, 2020. This includes young children, foster children, roommates, and any family members or friends who are living with you, even temporarily.
Please note that if someone is staying with you temporarily on April 1 due to the COVID-19 situation, they should be counted where they usually live. This includes college students, who should still be counted at school, even if they are home early because of the COVID-19 situation. If they live in student housing, the college will count them. If they live off-campus, they should respond for the off-campus address and include any roommates or other people living there.